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Brian Cashman says Michael Pineda is taking “baby steps”

Jun 30, 2014, 5:47 PM EDT

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman gave an update on Michael Pineda‘s setback-filled recovery from a strained back muscle, telling Brendan Kuty of the Newark Star Ledger that the rehabbing right-hander “is going through baby steps.”

Pineda last pitched in April, first serving a suspension for pine tar usage and then hurting himself while pitching on the side during the suspension.

According to Cashman the Yankees are now somewhat hopeful that Pineda can return in August, although given the inaccuracy of their previous timetables that doesn’t mean a whole lot at the moment.

Kuty reports that Pineda has just now started a throwing program, making 25 tosses from 60 feet over the weekend.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    So he’s under the care of Dr. Marvin? Dr. Leo Marvin?

  2. banger60 - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    kick him to the curb!

  3. scatterbrian - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Baby steps in his rehab, or baby steps in learning how to hide pine tar?

    • lazlosother - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      Jeebus dude, he learned giant steps in learning how to hide tine par. Do not put it on the neck. Put it in the glove. Nobody says squat. Now if the injuries would subside…

  4. trbmb - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:28 AM

    ‘Baby step’ progress by Pineda matches Cashman’s advancement as a functional GM, 17 years of baby steps, eased certainly by an unlimited cash supply.

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